“The Night Crew” was originally published in by Every Day Fiction
In this story a man is attempting to rise out of his deepening sense of alienation from the world when he finds a baby abandoned on the frozen food aisle in a supermarket shopping cart.
Read and Excerpt from “The Night Crew”:
I moved on. The frozen aisle was empty of pallets and workers. Halfway down the aisle, there was a shopping cart with a baby’s car seat wedged on top. It rustled and gurgled. Two tiny feet kicked rhythmically into the air.
I picked out my frozen waffles. I picked up a couple of pizzas. Nobody came for the kid. I waited. Still nobody came.
I said, “Did somebody forget their baby?”
I said, “Hey, whose baby is this, man?”
I called out, “Hello.” I walked to the cereal aisle. The two workers weren’t there anymore. I headed to the back of the store where they sell meat and dairy, and walked to the next aisle over. No one was there either. The baby started crying.
I went back to the frozen section. The little booger’s blankies were on the floor and I guess the baby was freezing his fanny off. I got the kid tucked back in and pushed the cart to the front of the store.
Praise for “The Night Crew”
4.4 Stars on Every Day Fiction
“Very moody, tense piece.”